Ghost in the Shell was groundbreaking. The 1995 Japanese animated film (or anime) was unapologetically for adults. The story focuses on a cyborg cop whose body is synthetic but her brain is organic. As she chases down a mysterious hacker, Maj. Kusanagi grapples with what it means to be alive. When Scarlett Johansson was cast in the live-action remake, there was an outcry over whitewashing. But the reaction in Japan has been different. Roland Kelts, Emily Yoshida and Susan Napier discuss the racial politics of anime. 

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 45: Ghost in the Shell

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MUSIC LIST

Trundle by Podington Bear

Broke for Free by Night Owl

Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus

Akira soundtrack by Tsutomu Ohashi

Ghost in the Shell soundtrack by Kenji Kawai